Notre Dame Applicants

2019 IRISH Seminar location: Oxford University

The Irish Seminar is open to graduate students in Irish Studies, and cross-listed with the department of English. It will be listed under Summer 2018, Dublin, Ireland. You can register for the course through IRST 64099:01 or ENGL 94513:01. Graduate students opting to take the Irish Seminar for three credits will be assessed on the basis of participation.

Departmental approval is required. If applying from Irish Studies contact Beth Bland directly. If applying from the Department of English, contact Alissa Doroh or Kelly Huth prior to submitting the Participant Application Form to Catherine Wilsdon ( at the Dublin Global Gateway.

Participant Application Form

We also require Notre Dame graduate students to notify the Keough-Naughton Institute of their interest in a letter by February 22, 2019. In the letter of application to Beth Bland, you will need to indicate your specific interest in participating by showing previous work in Irish Studies courses during your time at Notre Dame. Also, if you are not already signed up, you will need to enroll in the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. The information on that program, which involves coursework in the Irish language along with the one-credit ProSeminar, is below. Participation is limited to four summer seminars. To sign up for the minor see Beth Bland in 3130C Jenkins Nanovic Halls.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Bland or Professor Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Director of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Minor in Irish Studies

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies is a six-course program that provides Notre Dame students with recognition on their degree for work with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. The minor consists of two Irish language classes and two Irish Studies classes. Students will also take two semesters of the Irish Studies ProSeminar (IRST 63000:01), a one-credit-hour class based on the semester-long Irish Studies Seminar events. The other courses will be drawn from current graduate class offerings in Irish subjects across various disciplines.

The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies has one track, the Doctoral Student Track:

  • 12 credit hours of Irish Studies graduate courses – six in the Irish Language and six credit hours in courses approved by the elected faculty Irish Studies Steering Committee.
  • 2 semesters of participation in the 1 credit Irish Studies ProSem
  • Evidence of substantial research in Irish Studies area (such as a published article, a conference paper, or a dissertation chapter).

Students can have their language course requirements waived with a letter indicating their competence in the Irish Language from a faculty fellow and member of the Irish Language and Literature Department. In this case, the student would be required to take two additional Irish studies classes instead of the language courses. There are no examinations or teaching responsibilities for candidates in the Graduate Minor in Irish Studies. The Graduate Minor in Irish Studies will have no impact on graduate students’ time to degree. For further information contact Beth Bland.